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Project by splintergroup posted 01-04-2017 02:35 PM 6067 views 23 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Box made from firewood actually 8^)

Russian olive with a juniper panel for the lid. Inside dimensions are 6” x 8” with 1/2” stock and base/lid overhang.

The splines are walnut, interior has a felt lined bottom.

Firewood around here typically is riparian invasive species (Russian olive, tamarisk) and the typical native New Mexico juniper tree (shrub to those living elsewhere). It gets maybe 15-20 feet tall and has a gazillion branches, truly a giant shrub, the main trunk typically only runs for a few feet before splitting up into branches. Neat grain swirls exist everywhere, but usually they crack while drying.

Ever since buying a band saw, I’ve been interested in seeing “what’s inside” the wood I’ve been heating the house with. The Russian olive is a nice wood to work with, though there can be defects to work around. Downside is the funky nasty smell when being cut.

Juniper is a cedar, This “jumbo” trunk I saved a slab from was almost 12 inches in diameter (wow!). I cut an 1/8” slice and veneered it to a piece of plywood.

Elements:
Not much here, I was getting bored with miters and switched to exposed finger joints. More options for detail with these. I have the exposed (1/8”) fingers, brass nails to keep the insides from falling out, and the ever so pleasant-to-sand rounded edges.

One trick I learned is these are easy to finish pre-assembly. That makes the finish come out cleaner around the fingers versus trying to do it afterwards.

The lid is a sandwich of juniper, 1/4” lauan plywood, and a thin mirror.

I liked the grain pattern on the juniper, nothing fancy like a burl, just something with a “homey” feel.

There is even a hint of a curl

Thanks for any comments/criticism and for looking!





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#1 posted 01-04-2017 02:46 PM

This is really a nice looking box. Like your design with the finger joints and the wood contrasts are very eye catching. Maybe I can use this project as an example of the value of buying a band saw as well!!

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#2 posted 01-04-2017 02:48 PM

Really good looking box. I like the corner joints and applying the finish before assembly is a good idea.
What stops the lid from over travel when in the open position?

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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#3 posted 01-04-2017 03:11 PM



Really good looking box. I like the corner joints and applying the finish before assembly is a good idea.
What stops the lid from over travel when in the open position?

- 49er

Thanks for the comments BB and 49 8^)

I don’t have a side view of the lid/body but you can see some detail here:

The lid has a 15 degree bevel on the underside of the overhang. This allows for some tilt past vertical before stopping and it gives the lid hinge screws a bit more depth since they are angled.

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#4 posted 01-04-2017 03:35 PM

Beautiful save.

Funky nasty smell is being kind to Russian Olive. I say it smells like a chainsmoker with bad gas. Beautiful wood though.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-04-2017 03:38 PM

This box is so beautiful and nicely done. It’s eye candy and anyone standing before it will want to touch it, lift the lid, ‘look up under the hood, and check out the oil and the tires’. It’s a very nice display of style and craftsmanship.

The wood is also quite outstanding.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 01-04-2017 04:08 PM

beautiful box

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#7 posted 01-04-2017 04:12 PM



Beautiful save.

Funky nasty smell is being kind to Russian Olive. I say it smells like a chainsmoker with bad gas. Beautiful wood though.

- Monte Pittman

Hah!

I always likened it to a wet dog having rolled in a week old bloated squirrel, but the “bad gas” leaves more room for interpretation 8^)

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#8 posted 01-04-2017 04:15 PM

Thanks Guys!

In keeping with my previous bent towards copper, I’m sourcing some round head copper rivets for my next box. The brass is a bit too “brassy” for my taste, but is much easier than any other method I have tried using to pin the joints.

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#9 posted 01-04-2017 07:23 PM

This is just gorgeous. Great job, beautiful styling.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#10 posted 01-04-2017 07:35 PM

WOW!!!!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#11 posted 01-04-2017 08:08 PM

Really nice job on the miters. I have some projects where I drove in a regular finishing nail then tapped in a copper carpet tack right next to it to cover the nail head.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#12 posted 01-04-2017 08:09 PM

Great looking box. Master craftsmanship.

-- Guy,PEI

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#13 posted 01-04-2017 09:05 PM

Way to think outside the box-nice material, joinery and the brass looks great.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#14 posted 01-04-2017 10:25 PM

Hey, Splint, outstanding box. Ya’ done good! :)

-- Art

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#15 posted 01-04-2017 10:59 PM

Amazing!A beautiful box, great workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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